Solved Help with building a gaming system? Tags: Homebuilt Hardware Gaming Compatibility Systems Last response: March 9, 2013 3:52 AM in Systems Share benraskull February 23, 2013 6:42:46 PM Hello, I am thinking of building a gaming pc, my first one, and would like help. The hardware I'm looking at so far is this http://www.amazon.com/LGA1155-CrossFireX-Motherboard-Z7... http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-MZ-7TD250BW-Series-Solid-... http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Vengeance-Desktop-Memory-... ram http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Mini-Displayport-PCI-Exp... HD 7870 LE http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Core-i5-3570K-Quad-Core-Pro... 3570k A couple questions Are these all compatible? What else do I need? Would you reccomend any alternatives for what I do need? Thanks in advance, it's my first build and I'm hoping to get some advice from experienced people. More about : building gaming system | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Reply to benraskull Register or log in to remove djangoringo Homebuilt system Authority Gaming Authority February 23, 2013 6:50:17 PM CPU : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=70541&promoid=1302 RAM : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321 MOBO : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=71114&promoid=1302 It's a good motherboard for the price, you can get cheaper parts in ncix us, and with free shipping(over orders that are more than 100$), also you don't need the ram at 1866, since the speed difference will be negligible in the performance, and with really tall heat spreaders, which will not give much clearance to an aftermarket cooler That's not the 7870 tahiti le, get the sapphire 7870 XT, which is a tahiti le : http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-PCI-Express-Graph... I would get a ssd with mlc nand over tlc(the samsung 840 non pro has tlc nand), it's faster and it will have more endurance : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W2JL2A/?tag=pcpapi-20 Also you'll need an aftermarket cooler, if you want to overclock the cpu, if you don't have one : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=64385&promoid=1302 | Report abuse Reply to djangoringo Best solution camohanna Homebuilt system Authority February 23, 2013 10:30:26 PM PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fwwm Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fwwm/by_merchant/ Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fwwm/benchmarks/ CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($31.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Amazon) Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.48 @ Outlet PC) Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.98 @ Outlet PC) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($244.99 @ Newegg) Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC) Total: $930.36 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 19:30 EST-0500) benraskull selected this answer as the solution March 30, 2013 1:07:38 PM | Report abuse Reply to camohanna benraskull February 24, 2013 12:40:20 AM What's you reason for throwing out the ssd? Not a justifiable performance gain for the price? I'm fine with a small capacity. | Report abuse Reply to benraskull Related ressources Building New PC Gaming System - Please Help - Forum Building a budget gaming system . Please help me out! - Forum Look for help building a $2k gaming system - Forum Help Building a $500 CAD Gaming System - Forum Looking for Advice in building a ~$2000 Gaming System - Forum Ask the community Publish djangoringo Homebuilt system Authority Gaming Authority February 24, 2013 12:46:14 AM If you want a 128GB ssd get the sandisk ultra plus for 90$ in amazon : http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-Ultra-2-5-Inch-Solid-SDSS... Get the i5 and the other stuff in ncix us, most of the parts listed you can get it cheaper in ncix us, and it's a reliable website. Say a budget and if you need the psu,case,etc. | Report abuse Reply to djangoringo benraskull February 24, 2013 12:54:49 AM Alright, thanks I'm fine with 256 gigs, just for some breathing room. How would this do performance wise, in, say, far cry 3? Doesn't have to be maxed out. | Report abuse Reply to benraskull djangoringo Homebuilt system Authority Gaming Authority February 24, 2013 1:11:09 AM You can expect more than 40 fps at high quality settings : http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/crysis_3_graphics_... It's still not optimized for the game, i guess there will be new amd drivers that will boost the performance in crysis 3. | Report abuse Reply to djangoringo benraskull February 24, 2013 3:23:49 AM Oh one more thing! This may sound like a very noobish question, but how would I need to get to connect to the internet through this? | Report abuse Reply to benraskull djangoringo Homebuilt system Authority Gaming Authority February 24, 2013 5:28:56 PM Either through ethernet port or if you want wireless, get a usb or pci wireless adapter. | Report abuse Reply to djangoringo benraskull February 25, 2013 1:41:11 AM What would you reccomend? | Report abuse Reply to benraskull benraskull February 25, 2013 2:49:48 AM Oh, and I'll need a sound card too, won't I? | Report abuse Reply to benraskull djangoringo Homebuilt system Authority Gaming Authority February 25, 2013 4:41:41 PM You don't need a sound card, the motherboard already got a good onboard audio. This one is good if you really need a wireless adapter : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (24$ after promo code) | Report abuse Reply to djangoringo benraskull March 9, 2013 3:52:34 AM Thanks to both of you, helped a lot! Final question, any good guides to building that you know of? I've got a pretty good idea of what I'm doing, but I wanna follow along with a guide to make sure I don't skip a step and mess up everything. | Report abuse Reply to benraskull Register or log in to remove Ask the community Post an answer Tom's Hardware>Forum>Systems>Help with building a gaming system?> Related ressources: ForumHelp building a 120hz gaming system for CS 1.6 ForumIn need of help building a budgeted gaming system (amateur) ForumHelp on building a system for video editing, gaming , music. ForumNeed help building a gaming system budget 700-900 Dollars ForumHelp building a fast non- gaming system ForumBuilding a new gaming system $600 budget ForumNeed help building my first gaming system . 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